Most compelling about this primer; It lends the sense that you have actually been transported from mere scholarly observation into an active appreciation of Hannibal's truely fascinating struggle against the growing strength and domination of Rome. In part this is due to a superb performance by the narrator, but largely reflects facility of subject by the author and in consequence lends credibility, justification and motive to the actors in this history. This is not a mere recitation of forgetable trivia yet you will be surprised by the intimacy with which you gain knowledge of even the various city states and minor generals whose roles played keenly. As a worthwile use of your time, I give this a 4/5 but it would have been a 5 if not for the author's unabashed sympathy for Hannibal and his city of Carthage. A great starting point for anyone looking for a first book to prime their interest in history as well as seasoned veterans and students looking for some meat on the bones of history; both easy to digest and highly educational.
A heart rendingly honest and poignantly delivered collection of autobiographic essays. Here is revealed the story of a wonderfully jaded, neurotic and self effacing eletist whose complex inner and family life provide ample fodder for comedy without smacking of exhibitionist voyerism. All the same, typically sobering subject matter is masterfully orchestrated into uproarously hillarious and irreverent fare. This gets a 5/5 not only for the dissarming humor but also for literary merit on par with the best in genre. If Catch 22-like humor gets you ticklish, a listen to Me Talk Pretty One Day will get you crying uncle.
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